NBC has ordered a comedy series starring Nathan Lane that will premiere next season and be produced by the creative team behind "Frasier," according to a published report in the Dec. 22 Los Angeles Times. In the as-yet-unnamed television show Lane will portray an opera singer who moves to the Napa Valley to help run the family vineyard. Lane, a 1996 Tony Award winner for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, is no stranger to the world of opera -- during the '89-'90 season, he portrayed the ultimate Maria Callas fan in Terrence McNally's hit Off-Broadway show The Lisbon Traviata.
Lane's Broadway credits include the 1992 revival of Guys and Dolls,in which he portrayed Nathan Detroit, and McNally's 1995 Tony winner for best play, Love! Valour! Compassion! His film credits include The Birdcage and the just-released Dreamworks SKG flick, Mouse Hunt.
All the major networks had pursued Lane's new TV series, which will be produced by Paramount Television, according to the LA Times.